The United Kingdom Is Abandoning ‘Gender-Affirming Care’

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American progressives have been in the middle of a years-long con job when it comes to the issue of transgender children. They claim that offering “gender-affirming care” to minors suffering from gender dysphoria is a healthy way to help them deal with their issues.

But even more detestable is that they ridicule those who oppose encouraging transgenderism among minors, claiming that the data shows “gender-affirming care” is beneficial to these youngsters. Progressives argue that those who speak out against this practice are merely transphobes.

They are liars.

Research coming from European countries like Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom flies in the face of the narrative these people are promoting. In fact, the United Kingdom recently announced that it was abandoning the “gender-affirming” model and returning to more traditional means of treating gender dysphoria.

The Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine (SEGM) reported that after a “systematic review of evidence,” the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) issued new guidance for treating minors suffering from gender dysphoria. Instead of taking an approach that children with this affliction are automatically in need of “transgender healthcare,” medical professionals should take the position that “most need psychoeducation and psychotherapy.”

What is noteworthy is that under the new guidance, even social transitioning, which does not involve the use of puberty blockers or surgery, is discouraged. The report states that it “should only be pursued in order to alleviate or prevent clinically-significant distress or significant impairment in social functioning.”

Medication like puberty blockers would only be used “in research settings” according to the guidance. “The guidelines do not mention surgery, as surgery has never been a covered benefit under England’s NHS for minors,” SEGM explained.

The new guidelines are a distinct rejection of the approach favored by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Instead of immediately assuming that a child experiencing symptoms of gender dysphoria needs to be socially transitioned and put on puberty blockers, doctors and therapists will adopt “a holistic view of identity development in children and adolescents.”

Medical professionals are now encouraged to “embed the care of children and young people with gender uncertainty within a broader child and adolescent health context,” and the term “affirmation” has been taken out of the guidance’s language.

The guidance also “reinstates the importance of ‘biological sex’” according to the SEGMA report. The NHS defines “gender incongruence” as a “misalignment between the individual’s experience of their gender identity and their biological sex.”

The U.K. is now in line with Sweden and Finland in walking away from the “gender-affirming” model for treating gender dysphoria among minor children. Studies coming from each of these countries revealed that subjecting kids to these treatments is harmful to the patient’s mental health, in contrast to what progressives in America have insisted.

It is worth pointing out that all three of these countries have been practicing a form of “gender-affirming care” for decades before the United States started embracing these practices. This means they had a much longer time to analyze and study how these treatments impacted those who went through them. The fact that they are no longer using the approach says it all: The treatments being pushed by the hard left in America do far more harm than good. Otherwise, the lefties in Europe would still be using them.

Unfortunately, transing kids is big business in the United States. Pharmaceutical corporations make far too much money from putting kids through these treatments to abandon them without a fight. This is one of several reasons why the far left is so hellbent on compelling the rest of the country to accept their efforts to promote transgenderism among children.

Nevertheless, the facts are on our side. These people will not succeed if there are enough Americans of all political stripes who are willing to stand against them.


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